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Business centre for new and growing SMEs to open in Seaham next month

Business centre for new and growing SMEs to open in Seaham next month

A high quality and much needed business centre which puts Seaham at its very heart will open next month. Businessmen Andy Laundon and Lee Bishton are transforming the unused building at Enterprise Court within Seaham Grange Industrial Estate into office space for new...

Peterlee entrepreneur’s business portfolio grows from zero to £115m

Peterlee entrepreneur’s business portfolio grows from zero to £115m

A family-run retirement advice company which helps people invest their wealth for maximum return has seen its portfolio rise to over £115m – having started with just one person. Wealth of Advice is headed up by East Durham entrepreneur Chris Breward, who launched the...

Multi-million pound business park for East Durham given the green light

Multi-million pound business park for East Durham given the green light

Planning consent has been given for a new multi-million pound business park which could see the creation of more than 2,500 jobs in County Durham. As a first phase, Durham County Council is funding the construction of seven speculative units (comprising 155,000 sq ft)...

Second acquisition for Horden care home owner

Second acquisition for Horden care home owner

A North East care professional has completed her second residential care home acquisition six months after her first – and she is already on the lookout for further similar properties to add to her growing business. After acquiring the Langley House Residential Care...

Seaham company announces strategic waste management partnership

Seaham company announces strategic waste management partnership

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has once again expanded its B2B customer offering by teaming up with a fellow County Durham business. Shredding expert Shred Base deals with secure, GDPR-compliant document and product disposal for businesses across the UK. GAS will...

ZF Peterlee raises over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK

ZF Peterlee raises over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK

ZF in Peterlee has smashed its £1,000 fundraising target after entering a team into Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event in Sunderland earlier this month. Thirteen staff members took part in the charity event, with the only male who entered, Harry Robson, crossing...

Employees advised to think about how they use social media

Employees advised to think about how they use social media

Businesses are being encouraged to review their social media policies on the back of the sacking of BBC broadcaster Danny Baker. HR expert Alison Schreiber, who works closely with the Peterlee and Seaham business park groups, is urging businesses to think clearly...

Peterlee company Seaward announces key appointments to support growth

Peterlee company Seaward announces key appointments to support growth

UK electrical safety testing expert Seaward Electronic has made two new appointments to its board of directors. Experienced systems engineer Jonathan Odonde joins the Peterlee based business as chief technology officer, while financial expert Graham Lawrence takes on...

East Durham businesses urged to tap into money saving energy scheme

East Durham businesses urged to tap into money saving energy scheme

Businesses in County Durham could save thousands of pounds on their energy bills each year by taking advantage of an energy saving advice scheme. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the county have until the beginning of September this year to apply...

Peterlee company Protech Group announces new strategic partnership

Peterlee company Protech Group announces new strategic partnership

A Peterlee company has announced a new partnership to simplify the way PCs are refreshed and disposed of. Protech Group and JRA announced a strategic partnership to simplify PC Refresh projects and the associated PC disposal process. Protech, which is based on...

Food Review: Charltons Cafe, Peterlee

Food Review: Charltons Cafe, Peterlee

From horsebox catering to light and airy café as Charltons proves its catering pedigree… Review by Leanne Fawcett, MD of LEC Communications and Design. For several years we at LEC have been firm fans of catering company Charltons. We love our food and when it’s fresh,...

Funding event in Peterlee will showcase investment support available

Funding event in Peterlee will showcase investment support available

Further to the publication of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (NELEP) second annual ‘Our Economy’ report, the £120m regional investment programme, North East Fund, is encouraging SMEs to attend its next funding support event being held in County Durham....

Rail manufacturer creates 30 new jobs in Seaham

Rail manufacturer creates 30 new jobs in Seaham

Vivarail, the manufacturer of eco-friendly passenger trains, has accelerated expansion of its site in County Durham and turned it into its national research and development centre, creating new jobs faster than expected. It opened the new plant at the Spectrum...

Twenty new jobs created from manufacturing support programme

Twenty new jobs created from manufacturing support programme

Twenty new jobs have been created since a support programme to help County Durham engineering and manufacturing companies to grow launched. The Incubator Zone was added to the EMCON line up in 2017 to attract those companies who had never before exhibited at the...

Easington lad Callum secures permanent job with Shred Direct

Easington lad Callum secures permanent job with Shred Direct

A former apprentice has proved his employer’s investment in him was no waste as he begins a permanent job with the company. Callum Summerill has been completing an 18-month business administration apprenticeship with Peterlee-based Shred Direct, after being taken on...

2,500 jobs coming to East Durham with creation of business park

2,500 jobs coming to East Durham with creation of business park

A new multi-million pound business park development on a former colliery could see the creation of more than 2,500 jobs in County Durham, subject to planning permission. As a first phase, Durham County Council is funding the construction of seven units (comprising...

Peterlee shopping centre move for Ramsdens

Peterlee shopping centre move for Ramsdens

Ramsdens has relocated to Castle Dene Shopping Centre in Peterlee. The popular value retailer and financial services brand has moved from a shop at Yoden Way. The new store, which is located in a cornerstone area of the town centre opposite Costa coffee and on the...

Peterlee training facility supports skills and industry event

Peterlee training facility supports skills and industry event

An event looking at the need to adopt a joined up approach to skills development has taken place. The TTE Technical Institute, which has a facility in Peterlee, has hosted a skills roundtable discussion event together with Policy Connect and the Learning and Work...

VAT registered businesses reminded as tax goes digital

VAT registered businesses reminded as tax goes digital

From today, the government’s major Making Tax Digital programme becomes law for over one million VAT registered businesses earning over £85,000. The new rules, first announced in 2015, will mean most businesses above the VAT threshold will need to keep their records...

Engineer sees the light as he launches arts and crafts business

Engineer sees the light as he launches arts and crafts business

An experienced design engineer is utilising waste glass and gin bottles to diversify his business into the arts and crafts retail market. Jim Box, Managing Director of Peterlee-based Be Smart Solutions, saw a gap in the market to customise discarded glass bottles...

East Durham businesses gather to share their plans for growth

East Durham businesses gather to share their plans for growth

Businesses from across the region came together to share plans for growth, despite the current economic uncertainty. The Peterlee and Seaham business park groups held their first Network with your Neighbour event of 2019 at Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa this...

Peterlee training facility integrated into The TTE Technical Institute

Peterlee training facility integrated into The TTE Technical Institute

The TTE Technical Institute has rebranded its County Durham training facility, following its acquisition last year, as part of the continued growth of its portfolio of services to industry. The Peterlee-based facility, formerly Infinite Learning and Development (ILD),...

Seaham company confirmed as manufacturing network energy partner

Seaham company confirmed as manufacturing network energy partner

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has been confirmed as a new affiliate partner, and preferred energy supplier, for the Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN). The Seaham-based business savings company replaces Utilitywise, which entered administration earlier...

Final round of Incubator Zone opens as companies prepare for EMCON 2019

Final round of Incubator Zone opens as companies prepare for EMCON 2019

Companies across County Durham are being encouraged to sign up for the final phase of a unique exhibition programme. The Incubator Zone is a support strand of Business Durham’s Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), created to help new and growing micro and...

Last chance for schools and colleges to apply for £250 STEM grant

Last chance for schools and colleges to apply for £250 STEM grant

Teesside based global manufacturing company Venator is offering 40 grants of £250 to schools, colleges, groups and other organisations in the North East that encourage learning in STEM subjects of science, engineering, technology and maths. The £10,000 Bright Ideas...

Young people in the driving seat with apprenticeships at ZF

Young people in the driving seat with apprenticeships at ZF

Sixteen young people are in the driving seat towards career within the automotive industry as they continue on their apprenticeship journey. ZF Peterlee is committed to investing in the best talent as part of its plans for long-term growth. To support that, the...

150 jobs being created by Seaham contact centre

150 jobs being created by Seaham contact centre

ResQ, the privately owned UK contact centre business, is announcing today that it is recruiting 150 more people to join its site in Seaham. ResQ, established in 2006, employs 1000 staff in Hull and has enjoyed significant year on year growth. It opened its second...

Heather Mills’ new Peterlee factory ready for business

Heather Mills’ new Peterlee factory ready for business

Businesswoman Heather Mills has revealed that the former Walkers Crisps factory she took over to manufacture her range of plant-based foods in Peterlee will be open for business within the next three months. The entrepreneur has tapped into the fast-growing vegan food...

GEM Partnership announces key business development appointment

GEM Partnership announces key business development appointment

GEM Partnership has announced a key appointment which will enhance the services it offers clients, providing them with a single solution to their recruitment and training needs. Alison Golsworthy-Miller joins the company as Business Development Consultant with over 25...

Peterlee contact centre Auxillis wins top regional industry award

Peterlee contact centre Auxillis wins top regional industry award

A Peterlee contact centre has emerged triumphant from the region's leading industry awards. Market leading insurance services business Auxillis claimed the title of North East Contact Centre of the Year 2018 (Over 250 seats) at the North East Contact Centre Awards....

Funding pot to support business growth showcased at Peterlee event

Funding pot to support business growth showcased at Peterlee event

East Durham business owners looking for funding to help growth, create jobs and develop innovative products and services are being invited to an event that will help companies attract investment. North East Fund, a £120m investment pot delivering significant funding...

EV does it for Seaham company GAS with new partnership

EV does it for Seaham company GAS with new partnership

A growing North East company has expanded its portfolio of cost-saving services with the launch of a new regional partnership. County Durham’s Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) will now help businesses prepare for a low carbon future by offering the installation of...

Business groups announce Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa partnership

Business groups announce Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa partnership

Two groups which support the growth and success of the Peterlee and Seaham business park communities have announced a significant new partnership. The Peterlee and Seaham Business Park Groups’ steering committee has secured the services and expertise of Seaham Hall...

Labelling laws the focus of food and drink network event

Labelling laws the focus of food and drink network event

Food and drink producers are being given invaluable advice and guidance around food labelling to ensure they’re complying with strict European and UK legislation. Durham Food and Drink Network has organised an event to give micro and small businesses a better...

Tree-mendous training helps Peterlee company win new work

Tree-mendous training helps Peterlee company win new work

Free training designed to help local companies boost skills and win new work is proving to be the root of success for a County Durham tree cutting business. Rhys Williams, together with his parents Karen and Lee, who run Eden Dene Tree Services from their Peterlee...

Two people start the new year in employment thanks to businessman Bill

Two people start the new year in employment thanks to businessman Bill

Two people are starting the new year off in the best way possible - in secure employment. That’s because founder of The Employability Trust, Bill Marley, offered them both jobs during a live radio interview with BBC Tees’ Breakfast Show. Carl Swindle and Sandra Long...

GAS to double workforce and create 150 jobs

GAS to double workforce and create 150 jobs

More than 150 jobs are being created at a North East cost management specialist as it unveils plans to double its workforce in the next year. Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has already increased staff numbers from 31 to 140 after moving to the Spectrum Business Park...

Former specialist ops cop sets up training firm in Hartlepool

Former specialist ops cop sets up training firm in Hartlepool

A former surveillance trainer and specialist operations cop - who worked on some of the UK’s most dangerous and covert operations - has launched his own company, Orangebox Training Solutions Limited. Simon Corbett started his career as a police constable working for...

Spectrum Business Park welcomes a fast-growing contact centre

Spectrum Business Park welcomes a fast-growing contact centre

Spectrum Business Park welcomes a fast-growing contact centre which will create 1,200 jobs in the region. ResQ employs 670 people at its Hull site which is at full capacity, with their new offices now set up in the North East, they have already begun recruiting. ResQ...

Housing exhibition returns to Middlesbrough next month

Housing exhibition returns to Middlesbrough next month

Teesside's premier home event returns to the Riverside stadium next month and hopes to make dreams a reality for North East homeowners. The North East Home Expo gives visitors the opportunity to chat informally with professionals from the build, design and interior...

Seaham firm gives apprentices keys to the boardroom

Seaham firm gives apprentices keys to the boardroom

A North East business has called for more entrepreneurs to look at apprentices as a way of driving their first phases of growth – and is giving its latest intake the keys to the boardroom to prove they have what it takes. As the latest figures from the Skills Funding...

Is EU uncertainty holding back small businesses, asks Durham HR expert

Is EU uncertainty holding back small businesses, asks Durham HR expert

A local human resources expert has spoken out about how the EU referendum could be affecting small businesses and unemployment in County Durham. The EU debate has well and truly taken over the airwaves. Politicians from both sides are hurling conflicting statistics at...

Peterlee packaging expert offers energy saving tips

Peterlee packaging expert offers energy saving tips

An environmental officer from a Peterlee packaging firm has offered up her top energy efficiency tips to mark World Environment Day. Each year, World Environment Day challenges people across the globe to do something to take care of the earth. To provide inspiration...

Albany Assistance employees complete IT apprenticeships

Albany Assistance employees complete IT apprenticeships

Peterlee claims management company, Albany Assistance are proud to announce that two members of their IT team, Richard Arrowsmith and Ryan Towell have completed their IT Professional Level 3 Apprenticeship. The 12 month course has helped cement the knowledge that both...

PepsiCo UK named one of Britain’s top employers

PepsiCo UK named one of Britain’s top employers

One of East Durham's biggest companies has been recognised as a top employer for the fifth year running. Certification has been awarded to PepsiCo UK, based on Peterlee Business Park, by The Top Employers Institute, an independent organisation that analyses the...

A profound new role for Peterlee IT man Ian

A profound new role for Peterlee IT man Ian

A North East based training and apprenticeship specialist has appointed a new IT Coordinator as part of an ongoing strategy to broaden its learning portfolio. Profound Services, based on Bracken Hill Business Park in Peterlee, has announced the appointment of Ian...

More packaging options on the menu thanks to new appointment at Encore

More packaging options on the menu thanks to new appointment at Encore

North East packaging specialist Encore Packaging Solutions has employed a new Group Quality and Environmental Manager following demand from customers for food packaging options. Encore Packaging Solutions and its sister company Encore Envelopes already produce more...

Spectrum welcomes UK leading training provider to the business park

Spectrum welcomes UK leading training provider to the business park

Spectrum Business Park is thrilled to welcome Seaham Safety Services to the park. SSS is one of the UK’s leading Health and Safety Training providers in the construction and manufacturing industries. SSS offer a range of services from NVQ training in the workplace,...

Oktoberfest 2016 is set to be biggest and best yet

Oktoberfest 2016 is set to be biggest and best yet

North East engineering and manufacturing will once again come under the national spotlight as plans for this year’s Durham Oktoberfest are announced. The event, which is now in its ninth year, is taking place on Thursday, October 20, at the Xcel Centre in Newton...

Automotive workforce scoops excellence title

Automotive workforce scoops excellence title

A major East Durham employer is celebrating after being named as one of only seven ZF TRW sites globally to have scooped a prestigious health and safety award. ZF TRW Peterlee, which develops and produces active and passive safety systems for vehicle manufacturers...

HR experts celebrate growth and join forces to expand in the North East

HR experts celebrate growth and join forces to expand in the North East

Two human resources professionals who set up their own businesses within the past two years have been approached by a retiring competitor to take over advice and support services to his clients. Jayne Hart, in Newcastle, and Alison Schreiber, in Durham and Darlington,...

Peterlee businesses are coming together to keep fit with a midday mile

Peterlee businesses are coming together to keep fit with a midday mile

Workers on Peterlee Business Park are being urged to slip into some sneakers for the Midday Mile challenge later this month. Employees from businesses on and around the park are being invited to take part in the lunch-time fitness challenge as part of Workplace Health...

GAS sponsors school’s drive to become national football champions

GAS sponsors school’s drive to become national football champions

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has given its backing to an East Durham school eyeing double success in a national football competition. Two teams from Easington Colliery Primary School have made it through to the English Schools’ Football Association Under-11s...

Peterlee apprenticeship provider celebrates triple success

Peterlee apprenticeship provider celebrates triple success

A North East training and apprenticeships specialist has announced "glowing" reports from watchdogs. Two Profound Group companies, both based on Peterlee Business Park, were inspected by Matrix, Ofsted and the Skills Funding Agency. Northern Care Training (NCT) and...

Put your foot down on sexist dress codes, says Durham HR expert

Put your foot down on sexist dress codes, says Durham HR expert

A receptionist was sent home by her employer for breaking the company's dress policy and not wearing high heels at work. Nicola Thorp, 27, arrived at her office in central London wearing flat shoes, but was told that the company's dress code required her to wear 2-4...

Up to £3,500 funding available for East Durham apprenticeships

Up to £3,500 funding available for East Durham apprenticeships

A new grant is allowing an East Durham training provider to offer businesses funding of up to £3,500 when they take on an apprentice. Caterpillar, ZF TRW and NSK Peterlee are among the area's top firms who continuously develop their workforce via apprenticeship...

Wingate student opens doors to his new salon

Wingate student opens doors to his new salon

An award-winning East Durham College student has launched his own business as he sets out to complete his final year of qualifications. Lewis Coils, 20, from Wingate, who earlier this year won first place in the men’s freestyle design category at the national...

Latest EU survey reveals most chamber members still favour remain

Latest EU survey reveals most chamber members still favour remain

The final survey of North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) members ahead of the EU Referendum has reinforced previous results with the majority in favour of remaining in the EU. Of those who responded to the survey 57.3% said they will vote to stay in the EU, with...

School leavers’ apprenticeship information events

School leavers’ apprenticeship information events

There has never been a better time to consider an Apprenticeship. Young people can ‘get in and go far’ with an Apprenticeship at some of Britain’s biggest and brightest companies. You can gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed, in some cases up to degree...

Funding boost for environmental work

Funding boost for environmental work

Durham County Council’s energy efficiency expertise has resulted in a £310,000 grant award to work with partners across Europe. As part of the Interreg Europe programme, the funding will see the council work with other authorities across the continent on two energy...

College hairdressing team receive Special Industry award

College hairdressing team receive Special Industry award

East Durham College’s hairdressing department have been specially commended by one of the sector’s major organisations. East Durham College’s hair department have become one of only two colleges in the country to have a fully registered team by the Hair Council. Ten...

Wheatley Hill footballer is now defender for businesses

Wheatley Hill footballer is now defender for businesses

A former Newcastle United footballer who used to stop strikers is now helping his former club prevent fraud. Graeme Carter, from Wheatley Hill in County Durham, arrived at St James’ Park as an apprentice in 1986. The central defender, who also played basketball for...

MEP tours Houghall campus redevelopment site

MEP tours Houghall campus redevelopment site

A member of the European Parliament has visited East Durham College’s Houghall campus to speak with a number of different departments and get a guided tour of the land-based studies college. Paul Brannen MEP, who is one of three North East MEPs, sits on the...

Premium Peterlee company wins top accreditation

Premium Peterlee company wins top accreditation

A Peterlee recruitment specialist has been awarded a top international accreditation for the investment it makes in its workforce. GEM Premium People, based on the North West Industrial Estate, has secured the Investors in People award. The award was given to GEM for...

Martial arts club invests with grant

Martial arts club invests with grant

A growing martial arts club has invested in new equipment after receiving a grant from a local councillor. Horden Martial Arts Club was awarded a cheque for £150 from Cllr June Clark, County Councillor for Horden under the Members’ Initiative Scheme. The money was...

Healthy work ethic wins award for Durham Cathedral

Healthy work ethic wins award for Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has been recognised for its work to promote healthy living among employees by the North East Better Health at Work Award. The Cathedral was awarded a Silver Award for the work it is doing to promote not only a healthy workplace but also offering...

Energy auction driving down prices

Energy auction driving down prices

Bidex Energy Auction, the Peterlee based business energy auction specialists, continue their rapid growth as more and more companies make enquiries about using their innovative energy auction system. Established in 2015, the company has a high tech approach that uses...

New appointment to spearhead GAS’ push for recruitment target

New appointment to spearhead GAS’ push for recruitment target

A Seaham-based cost management specialist has strengthened its management team with the appointment of an experienced recruitment specialist. Victoria Walton has joined Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) as head of resource and talent after spending almost 20 years...

TACS celebrates 10 years in EDBS

TACS celebrates 10 years in EDBS

A TRAINING company which has helped to upskill hundreds of employees has celebrated its 10th birthday. TACS Ltd (Training, Assessment and Consultancy Services) was one of the first firms to take up tenancy in Novus Business Centre, which is managed by East Durham...

Springboard Celebrate Ofsted result

Springboard Celebrate Ofsted result

North East training provider Springboard, who has a centre in Peterlee, is celebrating after being rated ‘Good’ in every area in their recent OFSTED Inspection. Katie Bulmer Cooke, patron of Springboard, is pictured celebrating with Springboard learners. Katie said...

GAS makes donation to Wearside boxing club

GAS makes donation to Wearside boxing club

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has teamed up with a local sporting club to develop the next generation of boxing talent. The Seaham-based cost management specialist has made a cash donation to Houghton and District Fitness and Youth Boxing Club, which is open to...

Apollo student set for apprenticeship with local engineering company

Apollo student set for apprenticeship with local engineering company

As the academic year enters its last term, the Apollo Studio Academy in Peterlee has seen its innovative approach to learning coming out on top. As pass rates climb, the first groups of Year 13 students to complete their studies at the new school are now being made...

Apprentice Jamie has the driving force

Apprentice Jamie has the driving force

A Teenager is proving he has the drive to succeed as a mechanic after winning an apprenticeship at an established garage. Student Jamie Fisher started a work placement at Peterlee Business Park’s Automotive Solutions, in Pease Road, as part of his college course. And...

Brighter future thanks to funding for youth employment

Brighter future thanks to funding for youth employment

Up to 6,000 young people are to benefit after Durham County Council secured £17m to help them on their pathway to employment. In June 2015, the authority submitted a bid for £17.04m funding through the European Council’s Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). And now the...

Trust gets £60k cash windfall from musical cast

Trust gets £60k cash windfall from musical cast

The community which inspired the classical tale of Billy Elliot has been handed a cash windfall of almost £60,000. Audiences in London's West End have raised the enormous cash sum for The East Durham Trust. Newcastle writer Lee Hall, who wrote the film and...

Four former SSI apprentices are welcomed to NSK

Four former SSI apprentices are welcomed to NSK

Four young men have been thrown an employment lifeline by NSK Peterlee after losing their previous placements in the closure of SSI. Shaun O’Leary, 19, James Fish, 19, Ryan Hartshorn, 20, and Callum Gaines, 19, were four out of 50 apprentices to lose their...

NECTA & CCS on the hunt for the North East’s next future chef

NECTA & CCS on the hunt for the North East’s next future chef

The North East Culinary Trade Association (NECTA) and Continental Chef Supplies are inviting students from colleges around the region to take part in NECTA Future Chef of the Year 2016. Additionally, for the first time in NECTA Future Chef history and following an...

Peterlee based entrepreneur makes The Journal’s 35 under 35

Peterlee based entrepreneur makes The Journal’s 35 under 35

A Peterlee businesswoman has been named one of the North East’s top young entrepreneurs in a list compiled by a regional newspaper. Bethany Ainsley, founder and CEO of Nouveau Dance and Fitness based at Novus Business Centre on Peterlee Business Park, made The...

Peterlee charity helps over 70 people into paid work

Peterlee charity helps over 70 people into paid work

Since its launch three-and-a-half years ago, The Employability Trust, has given paid employment to 71 people. The trust itself employs eight full time staff including two warehousing apprentices. Melissa Hammond was the trust’s first candidate and has just taken on a...

Probio signs deal to export 100,000 tonnes of waste product

Probio signs deal to export 100,000 tonnes of waste product

An alternative fuel provider has sealed a green deal to export 100,000 tonnes of UK waste to Scandinavia as part of a three-year deal. PROBIO Energy, based in Hartlepool, has struck the landfill-diverting contract with a company called Newport Paper, with bales of...

Seaward helps academy student break into the world of work

Seaward helps academy student break into the world of work

A Peterlee electronics manufacturer has become one of the first companies to support a new local education model by giving a local youngster his first step into the world of work. 18 year old Dan Salmon of Peterlee is starting out on his working career with Seaward...

County’s manufacturing and engineering strengths under spotlight

County’s manufacturing and engineering strengths under spotlight

Challenges and opportunities within County Durham’s engineering and manufacturing industries will be the themes at a support organisation’s inaugural economic forum this week. The County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) has been created to support...

Former Joinery Student Returns To Motivate Next Generation

Former Joinery Student Returns To Motivate Next Generation

A former East Durham College joinery student has returned to the college to share his success story with students. Phillip Breeze, 33, from Haswell, studied carpentry and joinery at the college in 2010. Once leaving the college he spent a year in the trade gaining...

Encore ticks the box for Rust-Oleum

Encore ticks the box for Rust-Oleum

North East-based Encore Packaging Solutions has been helping national paint brand Rust-Oleum to ensure deliveries of its product samples are boxing clever. The packaging firm based in Peterlee was appointed by Rust-Oleum to produce a series of eye-catching branded...